NHL 2011-12 Regular season… in the books.

By , April 8, 2012 9:58 am

This can't be good..

This can't be good..

This one went out with a big fart noise for the Oilers, but Steve Stamkos netted his 60th last night, so it ended on a high note for him. He received several cheers, despite being in front of the Winnipeg home crowd (classy). That’s a pretty amazing feat, to say the least.

Your playoff matches are set, and here they are:

Eastern Conference

New York Rangers (1) vs. Ottawa Senators (8)
Boston Bruins (2) vs. Washington Capitals (7)
Florida Panthers (3) vs. New Jersey Devils (6)
Pittsburgh Penguins (4) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (5)

Western Conference

Vancouver Canucks (1) vs. Los Angeles Kings (8)
St. Louis Blues (2) vs. San Jose Sharks (7)
Phoenix Coyotes (3) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (6)
Nashville Predators (4) vs. Detroit Red Wings (5)

The draft lotto goes on Tuesday, April 10th at 6:00PM MST.

Here are the odds for winning the lottery:
25.0% – Columbus Blue Jackets
18.8% – Edmonton Oilers
14.2% – Montreal Canadiens
10.7% – New York Islanders
8.1% – Toronto Maple Leafs
6.2% – Anaheim Ducks
4.7% – Minnesota Wild
3.6% – Carolina Hurricanes
2.7% – Winnipeg Jets
2.1% – Tampa Bay Lightning
1.5% – Washington Capitals (from Colorado)
1.1% – Buffalo Sabres
0.8% – Dallas Stars
0.5% – Calgary Flames

And here are the odds of who will get the number one pick:
48.2% – Columbus Blue Jackets
18.8% – Edmonton Oilers
14.2% – Montreal Canadiens
10.7% – New York Islanders
8.1% – Toronto Maple Leafs

All I can say is I hope the Oilers don’t get bumped out of 2nd. I haven’t really been excited at all over this draft (I hate being here again), but since we ARE here, we might as well get the best player we can. To be honest with you, none of this year’s D-prospects jump off the page at me, and the scouts have also agreed that there is a big drop off after the top 2 picks.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins finished the season tied with Gabriel Landeskog in points with 52. “The Nuge” did it in 20 less games, however. He’ll be a consideration for rookie of the year, but Landeskog name seems to be getting the most press… and well, they’re the ones that do the voting.

Jordan Eberle finished 16th in the NHL in scoring with 34 goals, 42 assists (76 points) in 78 games. That’s pretty remarkable. So much for the sophomore jinx. Without a doubt, he is going to need a lot more minutes next year. Hopefully it doesn’t hurt his numbers, but he’s a big game player and can win games on single shifts. That will be one of our keys to success for next year.

Here are some more things I’d like to see here next season:
– Horcoff as the team’s 3rd line center, Belanger as the #4 center
– Barker’s services not retained
– Goaltending help. The Oilers should really try and find a home for Nik Khabibulin, or maybe he’ll hang them up. Even with his cap hit just sitting on the books, I’d rather that happened and they went and picked someone else up. He played good at the start of the year, but the last half was atrocious again. We need consistency in net, and neither of our goaltenders bring that.
– Far less minutes need to go to the individuals of our former #1 line of Smyth, Horcoff and Hemsky. This should help the teams’ numbers and help their own individual numbers due to being less overworked.
– Whoever coaches here needs to continue to shelter “The Nuge”. But I think it’s safe to take the training wheels off both of Hall and Eberle.
– Smid and Petry need to be healthy and remain our #1 pairing
– Whitney needs a miraculous recovery from whatever seems to be pulling his career into the gutter. He needs a healthy, and very consistent season so he and Schultz can make up a solid 2nd pairing.
– The Oilers should restructure their 4th line a bit. Ben Eager is a guy I’ve often thought looked good on several nights, but also made me think “what the fuck is he doing?” and several nights. I’m not sure he has a clue what his role is. Darcy Hordichuk knows his role, and I sure hope the Oilers re-sign him, even though he hasn’t got an ounce of talent. I still think there is a role for guys who get under opponents skin and crash and bang. Ideally, Eager could learn from Hordichuk on how to play that nasty game (when it’s necessary to) and add that to his game and make Hordichuk obsolete.
– Magnus Paajarvi and Anton Lander should be given as much time as it takes to learn the ropes in the AHL. I wouldn’t say that either are bad players (perhaps adjusting to the new rink size).. just inexperienced. It might sound harsh, but I don’t think they helped the NHL team at all this year. I’m not really sure why fans were so enamored with Lander. I can see the future in him for sure, but he needs “seasoning”.
– Someone should teach Lennart Petrell how to bang pucks in, in front of the net (helloooo Smytty). If he can start scoring some garbage goals, he could be worth his weight in salt. He has a good skillset for a 4th liner, but we desperately need secondary scoring.
– Get something in a trade for Linus Omark
– Sam Gagner has to finally come out and score (aside from one big night). Ales Hemsky has to do so as well. They’ll likely make up a line together.

Well, look for our Q4 (basically the full season) review on the Oilers in the near future.

Also, congrats to Zackman35 for somehow beating my mighty empire in the semi-final and beating gr8one in the final to clinch the Putting On The Foil annual Yahoo pool. The Keeper league final standings are still to be determined.

Happy Easter!

3 Responses to “NHL 2011-12 Regular season… in the books.”

  1. dawgtoy says:

    Anyone got a playoff pool for me to join? I usually have a few on the go, but for some reason this year I don’t.

  2. gr8one says:

    Yes, congrats to Zackman for winning the POTF yahoo fantasy league title, it was a hard fought final, I made a late push to close the gap a bit but alas, too little to late!

  3. zackman35 says:

    Thanks guys for the Pool comments! It was really close down the stretch but I’m happy with the end result. And I’d like to take the time to thank Racki for Lindstrom. πŸ˜› Other than that I think the original team (aside from one or two other moves) were kept in tact.

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